West students win Opti-MINDS

A TEAM of seven bright-minded youngsters from West State School competed in the Opti-MINDS Language Literature Challenge in Rockhampton last month and came out as the victors.

With hard work practicing during lunch breaks, after school and even over the school holidays, it was no wonder they placed first.

For their problem-solving skills, preparation and group cohesion they were congratulated with the Spirit of Opti-MINDS award.

Competitor Chenya Frahm said that this was the first year she had competed in the event and really enjoyed it.

“I thought it would be a lot of fun to try something new,” she said.

Steven Cirson, who had competed in the event last year, said he was really looking forward to this year’s competition as it is his last year at primary school.

“I did the Opti-MINDS Challenge last year and I really enjoyed it.

“It’s been great so far and we have met heaps of new people.”

The students had to work on a solution for a worldwide environmental issue and they came up with the idea of the Plastic Trash Vortex.

They presented their idea in a summit through dance, song, poetry and drama.

The students will now go on to compete in Brisbane next weekend for the state finals.

With a lot of hard work and dedication behind them they are sure to go a long way with their creative ideas for the final.

West State School has been competing in the Opti-MINDS challenge for more than 20 years and have proved themselves as hot favourites having taken home three wins in the past.

For more information on the challenge you can phone the school directly on 4972 2455 or head to www.opti-minds.com.

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